Christmas in July with Windham Fabrics

Happy Friday Crafters!

It’s Christmas time!!…


Not really! But…Christmas is my favorite time of year and when Windham asked if I would participate in Christmas in July, I jumped all over it! I have always loved wintertime and the time it brings with our family.

IMG_0805I knew EXACTLY what I was going to make when i got asked…Pajamas! It’s a family tradition to get new pjs the night before Christmas to wear. This year I have this grand plan that I’m going to make pajamas for all of my family, including my inlaws, sil/husband/niece who will be just a month old…and of course my parents and husband and our sweet Carter!!

Because it’s summer and I just couldn’t resist, I made two pairs of super cute pajama shorts so I can go ahead and start rocking them now. The pattern is by SewCaroline in Modern Holiday Magazine a year or so ago.


I just love them! They will be worn from now until Christmas, especially since Texas doesn’t ever get that cold.

Now for the best part…

*Giveaway for two lucky commenters! The wonderful people at Windham are giving me a bundle of each fabric I used: Storybook Christmas and Craft Paper Christmas. Leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday tradition and I will pick two winners, one bundle  for each next Wednesday. (you have from now to Tuesday midnight CST to enter, us residents only at this time!)

Thanks for coming to hang out and happy crafting!!


Paper Obsessed Blog Tour: Burning Love

Happy Monday Crafters!!!

I am so excited to FINALLY share one of my favorite projects and lines of all time!!! Heather Givans new line Paper Obsessed for Windham Fabrics is I mean seriously the teacher in me went WHEEEEEE!!!  Paper airplanes, notebook paper, envelopes, oh my! And the pop of neon yellow…sigh. It’s just that awesome.

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When I got the fabric in I knew exactly what I was going to make. I was pregnant at the time and was in FULL BLOWN nesting.I had my eye on the heart quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co and just knew I had to create my own take on it! So I decided to play with the color combos and make four heart blocks. Just the perfect size for my peanut.

I put everything aside and sewed the quilt in one day, got to my sweet friends longarm and went to town with the design. I decided that since it had the fun neon yellow, I HAD to quilt in yellow….with flames. Yup hunka hunka burnin’ love was born. (I may or may not have performed this song in high school show choir)

IMG_0597It has become the first quilt I grab when we leave the house and we use it all the time for the park. Or car. Or just laying around the house. It is our favorite!


(My baby has the bluest eyes and tan skin, neither of which are from me!)

Now that you are in love with the fabric as much as I am….IT’S TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!!!! ***CLOSED***

Winner’s Response: Julianne “My favorite school memory is my parents would always come and volunteer in all of the classes myself and my siblings were in my favorite is from second grade. On Fridays our teacher asked us to clean out and organized our desks. Some of the students didn’t want too. So that next Friday my teacher asked my 6’3″ dad to come in and help. My dad walked in and asked if they would clean out their desks. Again they were defiant so with permission from the teacher, he picked up the desk and dumped the contents on the floor. After that my dad came and volunteered every friday, all my teacher would have to say was that he was coming into volunteer and magically the desks would be clean. It’s funny memories like this that always make me remember those good experiences.”

Windham has generously donated a curated bundle of paper obsessed to one of you wonderful people!!! EEK! So, comment below with your favorite school time memory for a chance to win the bundle! I will announce the winner on SUNDAY July 31st. Right in time for some back to school sewing I’m sure!

Follow along with my fellow #paperobsessed friends and make sure to go check out what they’ve been making and enter to win some fabric on each of their pages!

July 12 Windham Fabrics ::

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing ::

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate ::

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio ::

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography ::

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s ::

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts ::

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness ::

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce ::

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: {Dreamer + Doer}

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine ::

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::


Happy sewing!!!


Art Gallery Inspired Nursery

My sweet baby boy Carter Lee has arrived and man are we smitten! My husband and I waited until we were almost 30 to have our first child and I’m so glad we did. It worked out perfect for us.

One of the best parts about preparing for our little one was creating the nursery I had dreamed of. I knew my colors would be a mix of orange and blue. I wanted it to be a more urban style nursery to fit our apartment look. I chose to use April Rhodes Wanderer fabric as my base line for colors and design, while using Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox Pattern as the key design element.


I decided to take on making everything from scratch. The fox on the wall is a pattern by Shannon Brinkley using her scrappy bits appliqué technique. The crib sheet and changing pad cover were free patterns I found on pinterest. The quilt is Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox Pattern. I couldn’t waste any part of the fabric so I used the selvage pieces to make a rug. All the pillows were made using a few patterns and some simple fabric play. (noodlehead pillow pattern from her book everyday style and a simple take on modern handcrafts pillow here) The C sign on the wall my dad and I painted and assembled together. I absolutely love how it all came together!


When picking out a changing table/dresser, I knew that a traditional table wasn’t what I was looking for. I decided to go with just a dresser that could grow with the room. My dad and I made the Texas and the initial wood signs. A sweet friend of mine painted the watercolor fox and the chalk sign. I added the fabric “banner” using a stick from outside and scraps from my quilt. I had so much fun putting this together and I absolutely love how it turned out! See the star wars Mickey?!? My husband brought it back from his work trip for our little man. What a sweetie!

The last spot for design was the bathroom. I chose to stick with the orange from the room and add mint/teal. The woodland animals are designed and printed by Bonnie Christine. The initials/arrow were created by one of my best friends for my baby shower and I just had to incorporate them into the room!

Ok so I kindof love how the room turned out. I love sitting in there rocking my little man and dreaming of seeing him play in there as he gets older. And to show off our cutie….


Happy Tuesday-Kristen

Pattern Review-Kimberly’s Sac by FQS

Happy Tuesday! This post was supposed to go live the day I went into labor so I’m a bit behind but….better late than never!

I got asked to make and review the new Fat Quarter Shop bag pattern Kimberly’s Sac and I was so excited because it was the perfect project to distract me from waiting for my little man to arrive. It’s quick and well written, perfect to show off your favorite pieces of fabric with fun quilting without feeling overwhelmed by a full quilt.


My mother in law has been begging me to make her a bag and I just couldn’t come up with what I wanted to make her. Kimberly’s Sac was perfect. It’s the carry-all bag just what my mil needed! (I can’t wait to make one for me!!!)

I decided to pick one of my all-time favorite lines by Lotta Jansdotter-Lucky. I just love the color way and knew it was perfect for my mother in law. I paired it with Windham’s Artisan Cotton (similar product here).


I had so much fun assembling this bag. It’s truly the perfect combo of bag making and quilting. Playing with the order of the fabric and then deciding how to quilt each panel allowed my creative outlet to be met without taking hours upon hours. Swoon.

Here’s my finished bag:




Eek. It was hard to give away…but that just means I get to pick some fabric for my next version soon! I see many more of these in the future!!!

Thanks FQS for having me be a part of the tour!!!


Happy Sewing!


Coastline Blog Tour Day #9

I can’t believe it’s finally here!

COASTLINE BLOG TOUR IS HERE!!!! and I am a tad bit excited!!!

When Sharon Holland asked for makers to be a part of the tour, I jumped right on it. Coastline for Art Gallery Fabrics is so fantastic and beachy, it makes me dream of summer. There were so many projects that came to mind but I decided to stick with a few of my favorites. Plus with baby wright arriving in less than 6 weeks, I wanted to make him some goodies too.

First up-my favorite knit top: The Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio. I love how the soft pink and the navy from Coastline play together. I adjusted the pattern for a quarter length sleeve with a small cuff. It’s perfect for a spring top, or “winter” here in Texas!


and of course a little baby bump picture…


Next up-my first of many leggings for baby w. The free just hatched baby leggings pattern by Made by Rae fits sizes newborn to 6 m. They are a quick sew and are perfect for adding some handmade items to your babies wardrobe. Plus they take entsy tensy bits of fabric! Why are clothes just way cuter baby size??


Last but not least-my favorite little outfit for baby c!!! The top and pants are free patterns from Purl Soho and oh-m-geeeee I love love love them!! This may be one of our newborn photoshoot outfits….Those sailboats may be the death of me. Isn’t the fabric just swoonworthy??? I need bolts of both of these prints. Just sayin’!


Ok. Have I convinced you to go buy bolts of the whole line??? I mean its so perfect.

I’m going to have to buy some of the sailboat prints and make a poolside tote and a few other things. It’s just too dreamworthy to not keep creating with it!

A BIG thank you to SewCaroline for taking some great photos for me and Sewbon for helping me figure out poses!!! Love you girls xox

Sharon is doing a fantastic giveaway! Read about it below:

From Sharon: With each new collection I like to giveaway fabric and have a 20 piece bundle of fat quarters waiting for some lucky winner. Starting Monday, February 1st and running till the end of the tour on Friday, February 19th you can enter into a chance to win a bundle of Coastline fabrics.




  • Be an Instagram user (sorry, private IG accounts do not show up in hashtag pool)
  • Repost your favorite image(s) from the Coastline Blog Tour on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway in your post to qualify – enter as many times as you like – entries from outside the USA are also welcome to enter

Sharon and I love getting comments on blog posts but sorry, those comments will not be counted as part of the drawing entries for the fabrics. So you will want to head over to Instagram and follow Sharon there to see all the projects, easily follow your favorite makers, and repost your favorite tour pics to enter. Don’t forget to also include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway when you repost!

Sharon will randomly select the winner from the #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway hashtag pool on Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm EST. The winner will be announced on her IG account and also on her blog on Saturday, February 20th.

Check out the full Blog Hop here

Check out yesterday’s awesome blog hopper here

Check out tomorrow’s awesome blog hopper here

Check out the Coastline Lookbook here

Happy Home Heart-o-Gram Quilt Tutorial

Happy Home Heart-o-Gram Quilt Tutorial 

Fabric Featured: Happy Home Fabrics by Sew Caroline for AGF





Low Volumes/White Background: 8 prints

-1/2 yd of each: Window View Spring, Block Festival, Where The Heart is Pure, View Desert, Entryway Joyeaux, Live by Peace, Lotus Beats Passion, and Entryways Candid

Colorful Prints: 12 prints

-1/2 yd of each: Table Flowers Rainbow, Grass in Moonlight, Forget me Not Calm, To Live By Love, Lotus Beats Echo, Bedside Journal Sunny, Table Flowers Cheer, Grass in Sunlight, Forget Me Not Romance, Block Party, Bedside Journal Candid, Where The Heart is Red,


-1 ½ yd Table Flowers Cheer *or pick your favorite print from the line

-1 yd Art Gallery Solid Grapefruilt



Low Volumes:

-2: 5 ½ x WOF from Block Festival

-64: 6 ½ x 6 ½ squares (10 of each remaining low volume prints)

-18: 5 ½ x 5 ½ squares (3 of each print)

Colorful Prints:

-64: 6 ½ x 6 ½ squares (6 of each colorful print)

-20: 5 ½ x 5 ½ squares (2 of each colorful print)


-8: 3 ½ x WOF (solid)

-8: 5 x WOF (print)


Assembling your quilt top:

Create 64 Half Square Triangles (HST) by using one low volume (LV) and one colorful print (CP). Lay one LV 6 ½ x 6 ½ square with one CP 6 ½ x 6 ½ square right sides together (RST) and pin. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the LV square with a water-soluble or air soluble pen. Sew on each side of the line at a ¼ in seam allowance. Cut down the drawn line. Open and press your HST to the dark side.

Now it’s time to lay out your heart. To do this please use photo to help guide which direction the HST will go.

The heart is created using all 20 of the 5 ½ x 5 ½ CP, 18 of the 5 ½ x 5 ½ LV, and 10 HSTs. You can lay out the prints in your favorite layout.

The first row is created using four HST and two CP. The second and third row use six CP squares. The fourth row uses two HST and four CP. The fifth row uses two LV, two HST, and two CP. The last row uses four LV and two HST.

Sew each row together and press well. Then sew the rows together to create the heart square. On each side of the square you will lay out a vertical row of 6 LV 5 ½ x 5 ½ squares. Mix it up however you like. Sew the LV rows together and attach it to your heart.

Now attach the block festival 5 ½ x WOF to the top and bottom of your heart, iron, and trim. Your center is complete!!!

Now it’s time to lay out the rest of your HST to create a ripple affect!

Start with the top and bottom of your heart. Beginning in the middle of the heart, lay your HST down with the CP facing the outside corner away from your heart. The CP should all be going away from your heart center to create a ripple affect. Play around with the HST placement to get your favorite combos. There will be three horizontal rows of 8 HST on top of the heart and three horizontal rows of 8 HST below the heart. Sew each row together, iron and attach it to the heart.

Now repeat with the left and right side, remembering to adjust the diagonal of your CP to the outside corner of your quilt. The left side will have three vertical rows of 14 HSTs and the right side will have two vertical rows of 14 HSTs.

Creating the borders. For each border piece solid and print you will need to sew two strips of solid and two strips of print together to create a long enough border piece. I like to sew this in the bias (diagonal) but you can sew it up and down as well. Once you have your borders created sew your solid borders onto your quilt. First sew on the sides, iron, then sew on your top and bottom. Repeat with your print border.

Press well and congrats your quilt top is done! Grab some fun backing and quilt it however you like.

Happy sewing~Kristen





Maternity Sewing Wish List

I’m pregnant and beyond thrilled to welcome our first little one. I’ve been sewing up a storm for him and can’t wait to show it all off soon.

But lets be honest.

Gaining weight and feeling like a whale is not fun.

I have a hard time buying maternity clothes because they are either crazy priced expensive or just not cute and fit horribly. I have been going with the size up shirts and leggings.

Now that I’m in my third trimester, the maternity clothes are starting to be a necessity. It’s a perfect time to try out some patterns that I think would be pregnant woman friendly. I might not get to all of them but if I don’t set some wish list goals then I know I won’t get to any of them.

Indie Sew is one of my favorite places to get inspired for garment making and they didn’t fail with having a few options that I think will be perfect for my ever growing belly. If you haven’t made it over to visit their site. GO NOW! Allie has done a fantastic job curating the patterns on her site and even has seasonal collections that are TO DIE FOR!!!! Once I’m not pregnant I’ll be sewing up a storm!!!! And if you have never sewn a garment, their blog is fantastic at teaching you the how to’s of garments.

I’ve picked 5 different garments that I’m hopefully going to get to. Each of them is special in their own way and none of them are maternity specific but should work really well!


First up, I’ve picked the super cute and *looks* super comfy Rosaline Dress by KZJO’Studio. I think this would be so cute in a winter knit fabric with leggings and boots. Plus add a belly bump. Perfect.


Next up I picked the super precious SoHo Blouse by See Kate Sew. This top has been on my sewing wish list for a while and I think the flowy bottom would be perfect for maternity and after. I’ve got a few rayon/lawn prints laying around that are calling my name for this top. Hopefully I’ll get to sew it this month.


A staple in the closet, the Eleanor Cardigan by KZJO’Studio is a perfect wear now, wear later maternity outfit. I have tons of solid maternity tees and this would make a super cute addition to them. Add a fun necklace to dress it up and you are good to go! I’m thinking about going with a french terry in navy!


Up next I picked the Bethioua Top by Elle Puls. It looks so cute and comfy. After it came out with the Winter Collection, I’ve been dying to make it. I think with a nice drapy knit, the fit would be really cute even as a maternity shirt. I’m on the hunt for the perfect fabric.


My last *not least* pick is the Wanderer Tunic by Striped Swallow Designs. I’ve been holding onto some RK chambray dots that are perfect for this. I think a blue chambray dot with a fun color on top….swooooooonworthy! It might be put at the top of my list pretty quickly!!!!

Well…..I’ve got some good plans.

Now just to see if I can accomplish at least two of them this month!!!!

Happy Sewing.